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Colorful glassware at Arts in the Park

Colorful glassware at Arts in the Park

Jam-Packed July

July is one of our favorite months. The weather is great, regular summer visitors stop by, and so much is happening in Belfast. One of the summer events we look forward to this month is the juried Arts in the Park craft fair on the waterfront. We have detailed information about this event as well as other events happening in or near Belfast (in chronological order) below the shop news. If you come to town, stop by and say hello!

Loons on the Lake hat (click to zoom)

Loons on the Lake hat (click to zoom)

Loons on the Lake by Mrs Knitter

The sport weight version of Loons on the Lake was an exclusive pattern for Fiber of Maine subscribers for two months. Now it is available to the world! It is an original design by Donna Ritchie of Mrs Knitter Designs, of Ellsworth, Maine. Although she has made this design in fingering weight, this was the first one she adapted for sport weight. Even in sport weight, the hat is lightweight and lofty, more beautiful in real life, and it looks fabulous on everyone who has tried it on! The pattern was knit using Jaggerspun's solid colors, their Green Line, but we liked knitting it in the Heather Line. We stock both lines!

If you haven't done colorwork before, don't be alarmed. The design of this pattern allows you to easily pick and choose sections you may or may not want to do in colorwork while still making a beautiful hat! You can get a little lesson in "color stranding" on a YouTube video. Also, if you are a "continental" knitter or struggle with using both hands to manipulate each color of yarn, there is a little gadget called a Yarn Guide, by Clover, that goes on your finger to help keep the yarns separated without twisting. We stock that tool in our shop and on our Fiber of Maine website.

This pattern, as well as the other Mrs Knitter Designs, can be found on Ravelry. We encourage you to try Mrs. Knitter patterns; they are well written and easy to follow. We can download them for you from Ravelry at our shop for the same price that you can at home (you still get an electronic copy). We encourage you to try the Jaggerspun Heather or Green Line, but if you want to do fingering weight, we have a yarn for that too. Both the Heather and Green Line are 50 grams/166 yards and sell for $7.50 and $8.00, respectively. They knit at approx. 6 sts. to the inch on a #4 needle.

The finished Loons on the Lake hat weighs about 65 grams, so think of all the color combinations you can make with the four colors of yarn the pattern calls for. If you want to stick to the coloring in the pattern, get two skeins of Lava (a heathered black) or Onyx, and one each of the three other colors and you will be able to make two hats -- with still lots of yarn to make more hats, or mittens.

Jaggerspun is a fiber mill located in Springvale, Maine. It has been producing spun yarns since the 1880s when Uriah Jagger arrived from England and established a worsted spinning operation in the Mousam Valley of southern Maine. Since then, they have produced the yarns for the wholesale commercial markets. Putting up skeins to provide stock to retail yarn shops is very new to them; they have only been doing it for about two years. Some of their labels may not be accurate regarding washing instructions because they suggest dry cleaning. We believe that wool knitwear should NEVER be dry cleaned, but rather hand washed. This mislabeling is just growing pains as they launch into the direction of hand knitting and not just the commercial manufacturing sector.

If you would like to see some of the colorways we stock in the Heather or Green Line, or to give this as a gift, we encourage you to use our convenient Fiber of Maine pattern page.

Like Sleeves baby dress, knit by Cheryl in Berroco's Corsica (click to zoom)

Like Sleeves baby dress, knit by Cheryl in Berroco's Corsica (click to zoom)

Like Sleeves Baby Dress in Corsica

Cheryl wanted to get her hands on Berroco's Corsica. Why wouldn't she? Corsica is Berroco's new machine-washable 90% cotton/10% cashmere dk yarn. We have an adult sweater knit at the shop but Cheryl wanted to make a baby dress. She chose Like Sleeves, a $5.00 download from Ravelry.

Cheryl's gauge was a little larger than the gauge on the pattern. She knit the 12-month size, which took 2½ balls, although you could use all of the third ball by knitting the skirt a little longer, easily fitting an 18-month old -- perfect for the walking toddler. Cheryl reports that the yarn is a pleasure to work with and the pattern easy to follow, though you will have to pay attention while knitting on the sleeves which give this dress interest.

Pattern booklet #370, which supports this yarn, has adult patterns as well as some crochet patterns too. We have the booklet in stock for $9.00. We sell the yarn for $9.50 a ball.

Megan models a sweater made with a Noro pattern and Noro yarn; shown by her hand is Knit Lobster by Molly Mahoney, a free Ravelry pattern (click to zoom)

Megan models a sweater made with a Noro pattern and Noro yarn; shown by her hand is Knit Lobster by Molly Mahoney, a free Ravelry pattern (click to zoom)

Love That Bay!

Love that Bay! A resort fashion show of knit and crocheted designs, silent auction and brunch will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 am at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club, 12 Cape Docks Rd., in Stockton Springs.

The show will benefit Friends of Penobscot Bay, a group that helps preserve and protect the bay through outreach and education. Submissions of summer knitwear to be modeled are welcome and will be returned promptly after the show. Donations for the auction are also appreciated.

Tickets are $25, pre-purchase (recommended) at Heavenly Socks Yarns, 82 Main St., Belfast; and The Good Kettle, Stockton Springs. The event is co-hosted by the Women of St. Margaret's and SHYC. Deadline for submissions and donations is July 5. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jillian at jillianliver@gmail.com or Sara at 978-325-0045.

Sidecountry Sports

Sidecountry Sports

Sidecountry Sports Opens in Belfast

Rockland-based Sidecountry Sports, established in Rockland in 2012, recently opened a new shop at 161 High St. in Belfast, next to the Colonial Theater.

"When we learned that Belfast Bikes was closing, we realized there was a sudden need and an opportunity in the Belfast area," said co-owners Andrew Dailey and Brian Kelly. "This region has a dedicated and enthusiastic cycling community, and we are excited to be part of it."

The guys haven't wasted any time settling in. They've partnered with Rollie's to organize a sizeable team for this year's Trek Across Maine. They're the new hub for the popular Wednesday-night group ride, which has had a robust turnout in the shop's first five weeks. Their legacy of community support and sponsorship is well established in the midcoast, and they bring that ethos with them to Belfast.

The shop itself offers road bikes, hybrids, cruisers, fat bikes, mountain bikes, and bikes for kids, from brands including Scott, Specialized, Salsa, Surly and Dahon. They also carry a variety of accessories and supplies, including helmets, shoes, clothing, lights, bags, bike components and much more. Come fall, they'll transition over to ski supplies and snowboards. Josh Robeson, the store manager, is a Philly transplant who's been working on bikes his whole life. Josh reports, "I wheelie like Maine." Josh has other talents like identifying bird calls and constructing wizard staffs from Coke cans, but mostly funnels his energy into cycling.

Their bike service department is fully equipped to care for bicycles of nearly every make, model and age, and their ski shop provides full service ski and snowboard tuning, as well as binding-mounting, binding-testing and boot-fitting services.

Stop by to see them at 161 High St. or contact the shop at 207-338-0008 or shop@sidecountrysports.com. They're also online at Sidecountry Sports.

Evening Scout, oil on board, by Julie Cyr

Evening Scout, oil on board, by Julie Cyr

Palette and Knife

Betts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Palette and Knife, featuring the works of four noted women artists: Julie Cyr, Jeanne Dawson, Sheep Jones and Jill Stasium. Oil and acrylic play out in myriad forms on canvas, board and wallpaper in a feast of color and light, rich texture and perfect detail.

The opening reception is Friday, July 1 from 5:30-8 pm. The show runs through August 6. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main St. at The Belfast Framer. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. For more information, visit The Belfast Framer.

Riptide, L to R: Owen Marshall, Mark

Riptide, L to R: Owen Marshall, Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg, Glen Loper, Alden Robinson

Riptide at Belfast Flying Shoes

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, July 1 for an evening of contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance called by Chrissy Fowler. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm.

This month's caller is Belfast's own Chrissy Fowler. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be Maine-based contra quartet Riptide. The band whips up their Franco-Celtic-American repertoire with a sweetness and energy that must be heard to be believed. Alden Robinson, fiddle; Glen Loper, mandolin, tenor banjo and foot percussion; Owen Marshall, guitar and harmonium; Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg, percussion. Sound provided by Glen Loper.

For more information, phone 207-338-0979, email belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com, visit Belfast Flying Shoes or find them on Facebook.

Sunset (photo: Lee Ann Szelog and Thomas Mark Szelog)

Sunset (photo: Lee Ann Szelog and Thomas Mark Szelog)

Maine Woods National Park

On Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 pm, experience an extraordinary journey to one of the last, great, unprotected wilderness areas within the United States, the proposed 3.2 million-acre Maine Woods National Park. The award-winning professional photography team of Lee Ann Szelog and Thomas Mark Szelog will personally guide you into the proposed park to experience and learn more about this fragile and priceless ecosystem during a multi-media presentation, featuring the music of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger.

Prior to the presentation, the Szelogs will hold an opening reception, from 5:30-6:30 pm, at the Library's Barbara Kramer Gallery, for their fine art photography exhibit titled Imagine the Maine Woods National Park, which showcases the wild faces and places of the proposed Park.

The presentation, exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Library Programs.

Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (MoJO)

Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (MoJO)

Belfast Summer Nights

Ongoing outdoor summer music series in downtown Belfast every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Free/donations. Bring your folding chairs and dancing shoes!

July Schedule

July 7, Beaver Street: Velocipede, Willy Kelly Band
July 14, Belfast Commons: Three Button Deluxe
July 21, High Street: Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (MoJO)
July 28, Steamboat Landing Park: Bennett Konesni and Friends

For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Woolsey garden is packed with shade-loving plants.

The Woolsey garden is packed with shade-loving plants.

Open Garden Days

A transformed Bayside cottage is third in Belfast Garden Club's Open Garden Days on Friday, July 8. The shady acre at 37 George St. in Northport, the home of John and Bette Woolsey, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine.

A Japanese katsura, two Fat Albert blue spruces and a concolor fir are among the mature trees growing in the front yard. Thread leaf cypress, an old-fashioned lilac, rosa rugosa and purple smoke bush are among the shrubs that grow beneath them.

Because most of the property is in shade, John has spent hours roaming Fernwood Nursery in Montville, combing through its large selection of shade-tolerant plants. His beds now contain some 20 varieties of hosta, white and pink blooming gillenia, ligularia, and several species of heuchera including a yellow-leafed one called Ginger Ale. He's even found shade-loving delphiniums that are planted in a back garden, created as a memorial to Bette's father.

Expected to be in bloom on the day of the tour are Blue Billows hydrangea, astilbes in shades of pink, white and red, shasta daisies, and several varieties of daylily including Hyperion daylilies with their old-fashioned long blossoms, and Happy Days, which have a pale yellow blossom.

For more information, contact Martha Laitin at 207-323-2368.

L to R: Joy Longfellow, Angela Womack, Betty Collins, Vicki Keller and Linda Bitely look over pies while Grace Pratt longs for a taste.

L to R: Joy Longfellow, Angela Womack, Betty Collins, Vicki Keller and Linda Bitely look over pies while Grace Pratt longs for a taste.

Summer Fair/Yard Sale

The First Church in Belfast, UCC, will hold its annual Summer Fair and Yard Sale July 9, from 8 am to 1 pm. The church is located at the corner of Spring and Court streets. The church's Eight O'Clock Club will sell homemade pies at the fair. Pies will be available in two sizes, individual and standard, in a wide assortment of flavors, and may be pre-ordered by calling the church office (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm).

Books, plants, baked goods, a quilt and afghan raffle, white elephant goods, and lunch from the grill will all be for sale. For more information, please call the church office at 207-338-2282. All are welcome!

Stone lamp by 2016 Artist of the Year Mark Guido of Montville, Maine

Stone lamp by 2016 Artist of the Year Mark Guido of Montville, Maine

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park, which takes place July 9-10 in Belfast, is one of the most respected fine arts and crafts festivals in midcoast Maine.

The variety of artwork and crafts is outstanding, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The venue is undeniably beautiful: set on the water's edge, right downtown, with sailboats and dinghies moored a few feet away.

This year the venue has expanded to two locations, Heritage Park and Steamboat Landing. Arts in the Park will feature 124 of Maine's finest artists and craftsmen, seven food vendors and music at both venues.

For more information, visit Arts in the Park.

The Maine Celtic Celebration poster

The Maine Celtic Celebration poster

Maine Celtic Celebration

The Maine Celtic Celebration is a family-oriented celebration of the rich Celtic heritage, culture, and hospitality found along the coast of Maine. The cultural celebration features Celtic-inspired games, music, dancing and food. The event runs all weekend July 15-17, and offers traditional music and dancing on two stages. Musicians will also offer workshops in the Boathouse and Saturday's festivities will end with a Mighty Session where all are invited to join in. Saturday also features the Kilted Canter 5K Road Race through Belfast, "Where the pleats meet the streets!" Sunday's popular highlight is the New World Cheese Roll Championships, a series of competitive downhill races where participants chase a rolling wheel of cheese. Show off your Celtic-breed dog at the Maine Celtic Celebration! All dogs and their owners are cordially invited to join an opening parade around the Celebration site on July 16. Following the parade, dog owners will show and tell about their dogs on the Steamboat Stage. Traditional Highland Heavy Games will occupy Steamboat Landing on Sunday. Anyone is welcome to join competition for a $10 entry fee. Admission to the Maine Celtic Celebration is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to keep the Celebration coming to you in the future. For more information, visit Maine Celtic Celebration or phone 207-338-2692.

The Belfast Arts Flag

The Belfast Arts Flag

Fourth Friday Art Walks

The Fourth Friday Art Walks, in downtown Belfast at 5:30-8 pm, are ongoing through October. On July 22, the Art Walk will feature dancer Shana Bloomstein as the evening's wandering performer.

Explore art galleries featuring both local and nationally recognized artists. New spaces this year include Evolve, Small Space, Kris Engman, and the returning locations of Parent, Betts and Finch galleries, and Alpha Libra Collective, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Front Street Pottery, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, High Street Studio and Gallery and Waterfall Arts. Enjoy musicians such as fiddlers, crooners or jazz soloists; and performers like dancers, poets and mimes.

Special changes include Pop Up Art Tents, courtesy of Our Town Belfast, Maine Farmland Trust with "farm to gallery" food tastings, and Walking Art Host Robin Jones with commentary on everything you'll see during Art Walk.

Scam Jam

Scam Jam

Scam Jam

On Wednesday, July 27, at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3, Belfast, Waldo County Triad is sponsoring a Scam Jam, a fraud-prevention conference for older residents of Waldo County. Hear the experts who work to counter fraud talk about local and national scams and how to avoid them.

Con artists are always coming up with schemes to take advantage of those who are unaware. The speakers will discuss the issues and offer tips on how to protect yourself, your friends and your family.

Registration: 8:30-9 am. Program: 9 am-noon. Free to Waldo County seniors, area professionals, caregivers and family members. Space is limited; to register in advance, email your name and phone number to waldotriad@gmail.com.

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)

Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.